Anything that Google tries to standardize with ECMA is going to become more controlled by Microsoft. Aside from this, ECMA is a European standards group (sort of). Their "standards" usually contain patented technology that then must be licensed (usually from Microsoft). I think it might suit Google's purposes better to form a working group and create a standard themselves that they can keep out of Microsoft's hands.
While we are a country of laws, and we agree on a need for them to apply to everyone, I am appalled that there would be any serious consideration to actually place a statue of satan at the courthouse. I am a Christian, and of course I like that the Ten Commandments are at the courthouse. The commandments represent an early form of law. According to the Bible, satan was a controversial character who encouraged Eve to break the one existing rule about behavior in the garden. The commandments are about there being a set of conventions for the good of society. Satan has generally stood for anarchy and people doing whatever they please. Perhaps in the interest of religious freedom, the commandments will have to be removed. That's a shame in my opinion.
Just how many possible sequences of code are there to initialize a few registers. Actually the manufacturer of the part has sample code to initialize the chip that happens to be copyrighted itself. They probably won't sue you if you are buying their chips, but what happens when some smart guy designs a chip which is cheaper and plug in compatible. Lets take that a step further. There was a time people were building new devices and new drivers had to be written. But once Microsoft bundled drivers for all the commonly occurring hardware, clever designers learned to build cheaper hardware that was register compliant so the built in drivers would work. Anyway, just how many variations of code output bytes to a hart when the TBRE flag is set?
I just returned a high end Toshiba notebook to Costco for several reasons. The first was that either the fan or hard drive started making evil noises. I suppose I could have gotten warrantee service, but a failure after four months makes me cautious about Toshiba hardware. The other reason is that after giving Windows 8/8.1 an honest chance for four months, I can say unequivocally that I hate the operating system, hate the GUI, and feel almost nauseous trying to use it. Stuff that was intuitive and falling down easy with XP is counterintuitive and sometimes darn near impossible with 8. I have to believe that many other long time computer users feel as I do. What could be worse than being told by your employer that you have to use this crap?
I was fascinated reading this thread. It was very informative. Much less noise and more signal than usual for slashdot. Many of the postings filled in small bits of information missing in my understanding of telecom and telecom history. Thanks Guys.
Sure DSL is fine if you aren't 14,700 feet away from the CO and if you don't have disturbers or bridge taps or more than several DSL circuits in a wiring bundle. DSL was never intended to be a highly utilized infrastructure. but it was cheaper than ISDN and obviously better than an acoustic coupler, I mean a modem.
Not anti-glare. When the screen is curved, you are guaranteed glare no matter how you hold the phone., like asking not to see glare of the curved back window of a sports car.
Where I live, I have a simple choice between a 768Kb DSL or COMCAST. What kind of choice is that. And I guess that means that my internet traffic is broadcast around my neighborhood before it hits the POP on the fat coax.
He can put up a $50,000 bond that he is not working with the NSA, and should it be found out that he is, he would feel the pain.
That is always how I felt about COBOL, closer to English than any other language at the time.
The worst effect of Microsoft in my mind is that they shoved a mediocre OS down the worlds throat and while doing so, managed to convince generations of people that don't know otherwise that Bill gave us the Personal Computer. It makes me crazy every time I hear it, and what always follows is that I get accused of being jealous. Back in the late seventies, I thought there was going to be a new world fueled by the advent of the microprocessor. Bill's questionable marketing tactics slanted the playing field and suppressed the independent software business. There were some glory days, but it didn't take long before the popular wisdom was that you needed millions of dollars to launch a new application in the marketplace. In my mind, Bill represents everything I dislike about the current marketplace. If he sold his soul to the devil for forty or fifty years of fame and power, wake up nick, and go collect already.
I used facebook for a while. I had to unfriend my grand-daughter because her teen chatter offended me, and I didn't want her to offend my other "friends" as well. I started to feel a loss of control when I realized the bizarre things that can happen when you introduce al the people you have ever known to each other. But the real reason I detached from FB was that I started to see the connections growing between them and the rest of the world. Every time I turn around on the Internet, some piece of software is offering to log me into FB as a courtesy. Then I started noticing web sites where you couldn't participate if you were unwilling to provide your FB credentials. There are a lot of news sites like that. When you want to comment on an article, up comes that FB login dialog. In terms of growing risks, the more systems that are closely bound to FB, the bigger the disaster when something goes wrong.
I want it all, and I want it now, and I want it retroactively!!
Given that each paying consumer get an upward/downward mix optimized for web browsing (small upward, large downward). If COMCAST wants to upgrade the paying users to BLAST to make up for the drain on the bandwidth caused by the public users, then maybe that helps, but why would someone want to share what little portion they do get while competing with all the neighbors for bandwidth on the coax during peak hours? This whole scheme makes no sense to me. With many of the neighbors watching streaming video, and many of them doing bit-torrent, I find the average bandwidth left over for the paying users to be sad. To make things worse, I have been a business class user sharing the same cable with the consumers, and can someone explain to me what that works. I have a business class arrangement with COMCAST, but I have no committed information rate, so I am having doubts about why I am paying twice as much a month for my service, just because I want five fixed IP's.